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Thanks! Sadly, I don't have those two patches anymore. I sold them because I found something that I wanted more. The good thing is that they went to a former Intrepid crew member and he was tickled to death to get them. :D

. That's very common. At the time, it's not important, we could spend the money on more important things ( like beer in the next port). Years later we wish we had them
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. That's very common. At the time, it's not important, we could spend the money on more important things ( like beer in the next port). Years later we wish we had them

 

I don't really regret that I don't have them. I have a goal in mind for my Navy patch project and those weren't part of it. I came across them at some point and I used them to get something else. I have done the same thing with guitars and guns over the years. I feed one hobby with the proceeds from another. I really enjoy the thrill of the hunt for these things. The only regrets I have from selling is from years ago. I had a 1943 Colt 1911-A1 and complete pistol rig that I loved and an ultra rare 1961 Fender Jazz Bass. Those were a "need money fast, sell off" due to being hit and run by an uninsured drunk driver.

 

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I don't really regret that I don't have them. I have a goal in mind for my Navy patch project and those weren't part of it. I came across them at some point and I used them to get something else. I have done the same thing with guitars and guns over the years. I feed one hobby with the proceeds from another. I really enjoy the thrill of the hunt for these things. The only regrets I have from selling is from years ago. I had a 1943 Colt 1911-A1 and complete pistol rig that I loved and an ultra rare 1961 Fender Jazz Bass. Those were a "need money fast, sell off" due to being hit and run by an uninsured drunk driver.

 

. I was talking about the guy who bought the Intrepid patches. As a young Sailor, they weren't really that important. But years later, you wish you had them. When I was on the Kitty Hawk, there was a special cruise patch made. It was $5, and at the time, that was a pretty good time in Subic. The guys I worked with thought it was cheesy, so all things considered, I skipped it. Now, I wish I'd gotten it. It was something special from a different time.
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A Rare Penguin and part of United States Naval history

 

First Around the Horn - Korean War Cruise 1952 USS ORISKANY (CV-34) - She was the first US Carrier to ever go 'Round the Horn in July of 1952. She was pulled from the reserve fleet, modernized, and sent to the Sixth Fleet in the Med in 1950. She received a new flight deck capable of handling jets in 1951-52. Then it was goodbye Norfolk and the Atlantic Fleet, hello San Diego and the Pacific Fleet heading out to the war zone in Korea.

 

  • Oriskany returned to Quonset Point on 4 October 1951 and, after a month of post-deployment leave and upkeep, sailed west to Gravesend Bay, New York, to offload ammunition and to have her masts removed to allow passage under the East River Bridges. Entering the New York Naval Shipyard in mid-November, the aircraft carrier underwent her first major overhaul. Yard work included the installation of a new flight deck to make it easier to operate jet aircraft and modifications to the steering system and bridge layout. Work was complete by 15 May 1952 and the carrier put to sea the next day to take on ammunition at Norfolk 19-22 May. She then got underway to join the Pacific Fleet, steaming via Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile; and Lima, Peru; before arriving at her new home port at San Diego, Calif. on 21 July. During this transit, Oriskany received a visit from Brazilian President Get-lio Vargas on 20 June during a stop at Rio de Janeiro and, on 29 June, became the first American aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn. According to the Oriskany cruise book, the warship, after turning north along the coast of Chile, steamed through seas so rough that the crew had to sit on the mess hall decks to eat.

Interesting reading here detailing her Korean War Cruise https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/o/oriskany.html

 

 

CV 34 USS ORISKANY 1952 KW CRUISE First Around the Horn 001.jpg

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Nice size to that one. That was their Med cruise right after the Cuban Missile Crisis from September 1962 to April 1963 before she went into Drydock.

 

These Italian bullion patches were popular on Med Cruises in the early 1960's - USS SPRINGFIELD (CLG-7), Flagship of the Sixth Fleet which controlled the F.D. ROOSEVELT task force in the Med

CLG 7 USS SPRINGFIELD Med Cruise 1961 Bullion 001.jpg

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It's neat how the two patches are nearly identical... although yours looks a little cleaner and all the words are spelled correctly. Yours has that extra dash between USS and CRUISE and everything just looks like someone took their time to make it look nicer. It looks like someone was in a hurry when they made the Rooselvet patch.

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It's neat how the two patches are nearly identical... although yours looks a little cleaner and all the words are spelled correctly. Yours has that extra dash between USS and CRUISE and everything just looks like someone took their time to make it look nicer. It looks like someone was in a hurry when they made the Rooselvet patch.

 

Certainly the pressure is on when making thousands of Birdfarm patches rather than a couple hundred or so for a Cruiser. The patch I posted looks 'cleaner' as it's not tarnished. Fortunately for me the vet kept in wrapped up in a box.

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My dad was on Shangri-la, 1954-1956. He went aboard while she was being modified with an angle deck and hurricane bow. He made the '56 WestPac. I was born while he was aboard the "Shang".

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